Morning newspapers - 10 December 2007

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The bonuses for chairpersons of executive boards at large companies more than doubled in the 2002 to 2006 period. Salaries for these positions increased by 20 percent during the same period. The Financieele Dagblad reports this on the basis of a study by Erasmus University and consultancy bureau Hewitt Associates into 90 stock market listed companies. The researchers say that the study shows that high bonuses do not always correspond to good performance.

The bonuses for chairpersons of executive boards at large companies more than doubled in the 2002 to 2006 period. Salaries for these positions increased by 20 percent during the same period. The Financieele Dagblad reports this on the basis of a study by Erasmus University and consultancy bureau Hewitt Associates into 90 stock market listed companies. The researchers say that the study shows that high bonuses do not always correspond to good performance.

DAG writes that the Netherlands presents itself internationally as a champion of human rights, but the country does not have a shining record, according to human rights organisations. Amnesty International says that the Netherlands imposes more stringent conditions on other countries than on itself. The Netherlands is in the top 10 of weapon exporting countries, says Amnesty. The procedures for asylum seekers are also too strict. New antiterrorism measures violate human rights as well, says Quirine Eijkman of the Dutch Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights.

The child day care sector is going to introduce more stringent quality requirements for home-run day care facilities. Child welfare organisation MOgroup hopes this can improve the reputation of mothers who offer babysitting, the AD reports. The sector is annoyed at the proliferation of internet agencies that register home-run babysitting services but do not check up on them. Research by E-Quality indicates that home-run day care is struggling to rise above a negative reputation. Many parents therefore choose day care centres with trained personnel instead.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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